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07/21/2015

Valuable Insights in Latest OSHA GHS HazCom Enforcement Memo

Now that the June 1 deadline for GHS compliance has come and gone, and chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors have shifted to new chemical classification, marking, labeling, and documentation criteria, one big question remains: How will OSHA enforce the new GHS Hazard Communication (HazCom) standard? 

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07/14/2015

How GHS HazCom Affects Your EPCRA Responsibilities

Under Section 311 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), facilities subject to OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard must submit copies of Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) to Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs), State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs), and local fire departments. The Environmental Protection Agency has promulgated rules in 40 CFR 370 that cover both initial and revised submissions of SDSs to those agencies....

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06/04/2015

OSHA Memo Shows How GHS HazCom Will Be Enforced

Now that the June 1 deadline for GHS compliance has passed, chemical manufacturers and shippers nationwide are adjusting to new requirements under OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). OSHA inspectors will begin enforcing compliance with these revised rules during site audits, and it’s critical that employers understand what’s required and how to comply... 

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06/03/2014

One Year Left to Update Safety Data Sheets

It’s been just over two years since the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its Hazard Communication Standard with new GHS rules.
 
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) created new requirements for classifying, labeling, and creating Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for hazardous chemicals in the workplace. To give manufacturers a chance to update this information and train employees...

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11/05/2013

The GHS Training Deadline Is Almost Here

By December 1st, all companies subject to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom) must ensure that their employees are trained on the HazCom rules adopted from the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals. [29 CFR 1910.1200(j)(1)]...

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07/03/2012

Updating Safety Data Sheets

Q. With the new GHS rules, who has to create Safety Data Sheets and what kind of information must go into them?
 
A. Now that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has adopted the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) into the Hazard Communication Standard, employers and chemical manufacturers must take several steps to ensure they...

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12/06/2011

Are You Ready for OSHA's GHS Adoption

Q. How will the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) affect my HazCom Standard communications?
 
A. The Hazard Communication (HazCom) Standard is a rule designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to...

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06/07/2011

Question of the Week: When Do I have to Update My Material Safety Data Sheets?

Q. Under the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to obtain or develop material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Manufacturers and importers must provide these MSDS to distributors and employers with their initial shipment, and with the first shipment after the MSDS are updated.
 
How often does OSHA require manufacturer/importers to update their MSDS?

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06/07/2011

Question of the Week: When Do I have to Update My Material Safety Data Sheets?

Q. Under the Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires manufacturers and importers to obtain or develop material safety data sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous chemical they produce or import. Manufacturers and importers must provide these MSDS to distributors and employers with their initial shipment, and with the first shipment after the MSDS are updated.
 
How often does OSHA require manufacturer/importers to update their MSDS?

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02/01/2011

Question of the Week: Communicating Unknown Hazards

Q. When an employer discovers that a chemical product has a hazard that is NOT indicated on the manufacturer’s Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), what should he or she do? A. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS: 29 CFR 1910.1200(h)) requires chemical manufacturers to assess the hazards of their products and prepare the MSDS accordingly. The MSDS must report...

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